More thrills and allure from Suzuki new boosted Swift Sport. As anyone that’s played ‘Spot the Swift’ game on a road trip will attest, the Suzuki supermini is a very popular sight on New Zealand tarmac, with double-digit numbers coming in at an astonishing rate. Spotting the Sport model for extra points does take a...
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BMW’s new X2 SUV, a sporty coupe that dares you to explore new directions. Daredevils are by nature thrill-seeking, exhibitionists. They are non-conformists, societies rules and views don’t apply, and they tend to push the boundaries to near breaking point wherever possible. So why did this spring to mind when I took to the wheel...
I would like to think I am pretty open-minded, that I embrace change, or accept that time doesn’t stand still. I’d like to think that. However, in reality, I have a tendency to have a more conservative approach to things. I don’t enjoy change for change’s sake and there really must be a logical and well-orchestrated...
The island of Japan is located in the North West quadrant of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a country that is steeped in culture and history, and yet has also managed to embrace modernism with open arms. We visited both Tokyo and Hiroshima and discovered that despite their difference in appearance, their hearts are well and...
For the past 50 years, Continental Cars have been supplying New Zealand with some of the most desirable cars on the planet. However, for many people, getting behind the wheel of a supercar or sports car can be quite a daunting prospect; taming that many horses can often be a bit of a handful. So,...
As a parent, kids parties are fraught with danger. The venue itself is always a complete mission; I mean where is the best place to entertain a dozen children for a couple of hours and also (apparently) impress the other parents? Plus, you need to be quick; popular spots need to be booked several months […]
A seven year period seems to be one of great relevance. For example, my son has just turned seven and appears to know EVERYTHING, You get 7 years bad luck should you break a mirror, a dog ages 7 years to 1 human year, then of course there is that 7 year itch, not just […]
Call me diligent and hardworking but prior to attending the NZ launch of Hyundai’s all-new i30, I did a little research. Not on the car but on the other i30; Interstate 30 in the US. I was hoping to find some gem of information to regale and entertain you but as it turns out, it’s […]
Once again news that Idris Elba is next in line to play James Bond has surfaced. I’m not sure if it’s wishful thinking or if the Londoner does infact have chance to play the coveted role of the suave British Secret Agent (very probably the former) but his name alone got me thinking about the Suzuki Ignis […]
Although some people manage it naturally, as do certain animal or reptilian species (think Chameleon), blending in (be it in Art, business or social circumstances, or even way back at school) mostly takes skill and often a fair amount of forethought. Design, colour schemes, dress, approach and of course; a big dollop of attitude are […]
In the far off distant land that I come from, the phase ‘having a field day’ conjures up images of smiling faces and glee filled times. With its etymology based around children leaving the humdrum of school work and venturing out on an educational field trip; it’s easy to understand why it evokes such happy […]
I’m pretty sure that any review of the Kia Rio should have some link back to Brazil, or a little Blue animated bird, or maybe even both. I am lucky (cough) enough to have a partner that hails from the great South American country of Brazil and as such have visited the vibrant city of […]
Mazda thought so too! Nelson Central School now has a tremendous new outdoor learning area, including a sensory pathway as part of a Treemendous School Makeover they won from the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson. As if that wasn’t enough, the students were ‘treated’ to a visit from Ruud Kleinpaste,(the Bugman) and Riley Elliott (the Shark […]
The world was a very different place 50 years ago. Wilson and Johnson watched over the UK and the US, while we watched Evel Knievel jump 16 cars in a row (and then fail to jump the fountains at Caesar’s). Bond ‘Only Lived Twice’, The Beatles still topped the charts (and released Sgt Pepper’s ) […]
From the management and accounts team to the employees and even their families; Payroll is one of the few systems a business will ever implement which has a bearing on virtually everyone, so it has to be right. Simply put, a wrongly paid employee is an unmotivated employee! However, the pitfalls and complexities that surround […]
https://vimeo.com/153314357 Peugeot may be targeting the new 308GT/GTi models at the guys yearning for a city car with enough grunt to make windy country roads a hoot – but honestly, we think girls can have just as much fun with the new hot hatches from France. Skip the line, book a test drive here. Checkered […]
Chosen from a shortlist of 10 cars by the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild the electric powered BMW-i3 has won the NZ Car of the Year Award. We had the privilage of test driving and writing about this car back in the September issue (124), here’s an excerpt of that review: Everything about this car reeks of the future; […]
A delicious (literally) package arrived this week, a box of 4 chocolate bars from the Remarkable Chocolate Company. Actually, to call them chocolate bars is rather crass, these Handcrafted delights have been traditionally created using high quality ingredients and it shows. The gift box comes with four flavours inside – 70% Cacao fine […]
When I told the fine people at Hyundai that I was planning on taking my family to Whakapapa to throw snowballs, they suggested I take the new Santa Fe up the mountain to see how it coped – very well is the answer (You can book a test drive of your own here). The weather […]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Audi TT is a great car, the new design has a more modern and more masculine appeal and the use of such a tiny cockpit space is admirable but; when you add an S (as in S line) to the mix the little coupe takes […]
We took the Prius V for a spin and as it turns out it’s quite the package. Ok, from the outside Toyota have done what they can to give the seven seat hybrid a hint of style and sportiness. The front grill and spoiler is relatively low to the ground, it certainly helps the large […]